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The Silk Road Trial and A Step Towards the Star Chamber

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With the start of the Silk Road trial, the news has been flooded with articles from a variety of media organizations with each taking their own respective angles. Some media outlets are taking the angle that the trial is larger than darknet markets but insttheead will set a legal precedent surrounding anonymity and privacy on the Internet. Other outlets are painting Ross Ulbricht, the alleged owner and administrator of Silk Road, as a monster on  front lines of the black market. Finally, there is another group that is riding on the coattails of the Silk Road trial and pushing their own agenda: Jury Rights.

The Jury Rights Project is an activist group focusing on educating the public about jury rights, roles, and responsibilities. In relation to the Silk Road trial, they are specifically focusing on the War on Drugs using the angle of “No Victim, No Crime” and utilizing their main weapon: Jury Nullification.

Jury Nullification is when a jury acquits a defendant even though the members of the jury believes the defendant is guilty. The members of the jury would usually utilize Jury Nullification when they do not agree with the law the defendant is charged with or believe that the law should not be applied in that particular case. At first glance, this sounds all well and good for supporters of “No Victim, No Crime,” however, in major cases such as the Silk Road’s, activist movements such as the Jury Rights Project’s can cast a shadow over the defendant.

Now that the Silk Road trial has started, it has been discovered that Ulbricht’s defense is that he did, in fact, create Silk Road, gave it up, then regained control as part of a plan to set him up as “the fall guy.” Since the defense is taking this route of making Ulbricht out to be a victim, the jury’s perception of him is reality. Unfortunately, it seems as if the Jury Rights Project is already impacting the perception of Ulbricht.

On December 22, 2014, the Jury Rights Project started a crowd-funding campaign and raised, according to their blog, a little over $4,000, via IndieGoGo, Reddit, an Bitcoin donations. A week before the start of the trial, they installed Jury Nullification ads in phone booths around New York City and near the Southern District of New York Courthouse where the Silk Road trial is taking place. The advertisements, in combination with activists handing out informational pamphlets, lead to Judge Katherine Forrest alluding to the potential for an anonymous jury.

On Tuesday, during the jury selection process, Judge Forrest asked each juror if they had seen the advertisements and if they had received the Jury Nullification pamphlets. The prosecution and defense attorneys were also cautious to not use the juror’s names and instead substituted their names for numbers. As the Jury Nullification pressures rise and the protests and media coverage continue, Judge Forrest may not have much of a choice other than to utilize an innominate jury

Innominate juries were commonly used during the trials of Mafia members such as Leroy Barnes and John Gotti but has also been used as recently as during the Rodney King trial and in the George Zimmerman trial over the murder of Trayvon Martin. During the Gotti and Barnes trials, the jurors were anonymized to provide protection from the other mafia members that may harm or threaten to harm them if they convict their fellow “family member.”, like we have seen recently.  During the King and Zimmerman trials, anonymous juries were used to protect the identity of the jurors and to protect them from any harm, threats of harm, or outside influences, from supporters of either side

Today, with the use of social media, a spark can turn into a wildfire within minutes, therefore, there are fears that jurors can be threatened or persuaded to make a decision on the trial based on outside influences. On the other hand, there are legitimate fears that jurors are more likely to be biased in their decision making if they are not going to be held accountable for their decision in the case. Either way, as anonymous juries become more common, we are setting a dangerous precedent pushing us towards a scenario similar to the 15th Century Star Chamber, a secret court where there were no witnesses, the defendant did not know their accuser, and evidence was only provided in written form.

The judicial system is based on the idea that the defendant is “innocent until proven guilty.” If Judge Forrest decides to anonymize the jury, Ulbricht will be added to a short list alongside the most notorious criminals in history and, as we know, perception is reality.

10 comments

  1. This article is so wrong in so many ways.

    Facts:
    #1 In our current system of government common law has been obliterated and replaced with admiralty jurisdiction, thus you are presumed gulity until proven innocent!
    #2 This was a setup from the beginning to find Ross Gulity!
    I have read all the motions and the Attorney is derelict in his duty and violated his oath of office already.
    #3 The attorney’s first duty is to the court, not to the client, and wherever the duties he owes to the client conflict with the duties he owes to the court, as an officer of the court in the administration of justice, the former must yield to the latter”. Corpus Juris Secundum, Attorney & Client, Sec. 4, pg 802.
    #4.AMERICAN BAR ASSOCATION, which was considered a communist organization in 1953 by US Congress and I believe they still are.
    #5“It is a clearly established principle of law that an attorney must represent a corporation, it being incorporeal and a creature of the law. An attorney representing an artificial entity must appear with the corporate charter and law in his hand. A person acting as an attorney for a foreign principal must be registered to act on the principal’s behalf. See, Foreign Agents Registration Act (22 USC § 612 et seq.); Victor Rabinowitz et. al. v. Robert F. Kennedy, 376 US 605.
    #6. I have been watching all the motions from the beginning, why didn’t the attorney challenge jurisdiction and venue?
    #7. Whereas the Clerk of Courts, Prosecutors Office and/or the Public Defender’s office in “This Court” is aware of the Banking Emergency Act, under Public Law 1, 48 stat C1, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, the Alien Registration Act of 1940, the Sheppard–Towner Act in 1921 and the Social Security Act of 1935 that each State/District received a grant in Section 501 set a price of $1.8 million per live birth, and Section 502 gave the government mandatory funding of $1 Million for every year thereafter, in 1935 dollars. This funding was conscripted from the future labors of the offspring and placed in trust. The Alien Registration Act of 1940 set up the method to assign a unique name and number to each child. The Birth Certificate, issued in the given name of the newborn, provides proof that a trust was set up, and a Government Copy write Trademark issued, in order for the Custodian to have a means to settle any debts. Federal grant money for each live birth born in the 48 States (at that time) or in the District.
    #8 This is why he is a corporation, no victim, no crime is only in commonlaw, not admiralty.
    #9 The fictional “United States” corporation is a private for profit corporation along with the district courts. Using the CJIS system to sell Ross’s Sf23 bid bond, Sf24
    Performance bond and sf25 payment bond.
    #10 Hopefully someone with a brain will tell Ross at Allocution to not consent to the charges.

    This is all true and you can look it up for yourself, I could go on and on. He was set up from the beginning!

  2. Oh yeah by the way, because the government and court is a “privately owned for profit corporation”, it is a well known fact that all United state codes are copyrighted for the benefit of the “United States”, thus all crimes are commercial per 27 CFR 72.11,
    ex relmcnamee etal v. stobie 92 SW191 pg212 Mo 1906

    All see the Clearfield Doctrine!

  3. I find it funny you guys are censoring your posts that disagree with your column, this site is no different than any other clear net sites. LMAO!

    No spirit of Darknet on this pretentious site!

  4. Hey Silent which is it. You state:

    ” #4.AMERICAN BAR ASSOCATION, which was considered a communist organization in 1953 by US Congress and I believe they still are.

    #9 The fictional “United States” corporation is a private for profit corporation along with the district courts. ”

    So the U.S. judicial system is both communist (although Marxist Communism has never existed anywhere in the world ) and a private for profit corportation ?
    That is a dichotomous paradox. How can it be both ?

    For someone with the handle Silent you sure do babble a lot.

  5. @ SILENT-would love to learn more-can you post some good sources? Have run across some of this info repeatedly but never in a sufficiently coherent form to really be able to grasp it completely. Please help-

  6. @judgejury86, LMFAO

    So was I not politically correct? Should I have said Fascism instead? After all, the symbolism is so prominently displayed on both sides of the president at the state of the union with the two fasces flanking him…. for the past 70 years…

    #1 Where did you get the marxist part? Apparently, you know what you are talking about….Are you saying that the USA hasn’t completed all the planks in the communist manifesto so it doesn’t exist?

    #2 Or are you saying that the private for profit corporation & communism are mutually exclusive?

    Obviously your big words of dichotomy and paradox cancel each other out, so it must be so.

    By the very definition of a private for profit corporation is a communist fascist organization! You follow our way or the highway!

    The people are smarter than you think, the information age is here, the cat is out of the bag, the more you try to oppress the few that have caught on to the game, the more they work to spread it. Perhaps the elite should learn from their own message and use the example of Neo in the final seen of the matrix….

    IT IS DONE!

    • judgejury86

      Its not that you are politically incorrect per se. Its that you don’t know the history of political organizations.

      Communism (from Latin communis – common, universal)[1][2] is a socioeconomic system structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money,[3][4] and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social order.

      As such, Communism doesn’t exist anywhere in the world – certainly not in the U.S. Do you think America is a classless society ? Perhaps you meant Socialism ?

      Fascism isn’t synonymous with Communism. The Italian Fascists brutalized and killed members of the Communist party.

      Private Corporation : Incorporated firm whose shares are not publicly traded, and are held by a small number of stockholders (shareholders). Gee that sounds a lot like Communism to me.

      A Dichotomy is something split into 2 different parts. A Paradox is something that appears contradictory but may be true. Neither cancels the other out. I suppose you mean a double negative. I didn’t know those were ” big ” words. Ill try to keep them under 5 letters.

      So basically you are incessantly babbling about political ideology, yet know nothing about the roots of modern politics. Go find some conspiracy theorizing nut site to placate your need for spewing senseless ADD rhetoric.

      • LMFAO, really where do you get your definitions from??

        Please do say, we already know the revisionist are trying to rewrite history and the victors usually are successful and suppressing the truth.

        IT really doesn’t what YOU THINK you know, its what is being done. I have never said our society was classless, that is you putting words in my mouth. I was speaking about the corrupted COURT SYSTEM AND THE BAR! So good try with your misdirection. It’s typical that antagonist and corrupt minded individuals like yourself try to change the conversation of what the point of the post was, WHICH IS ABOUT the CORRUPT COURT SYSTEM and BAR ASSOCIATION.
        IT’s typical for people like you to be dismissive by using words of conspiracy theory’s to try to discredit someones post. USUALLY the people saying such things are the ones engaged in it.

        Why don’t you stay on point and discuss the points I made about the court system and the bar and not the “society”!

        Use Blacks Law Dictionary, or is it because maybe you know what I said is true and had to attack the most subjective of the points I made.

        It’s clear what your strategy is, as all duplicitous people work the same way that don’t want people to learn the truth.

        After all the judges and attorney’s have to protect there “status quo” with robbing the people’s trust funds using the sf23, 24, & 25 forms. It’s so nice that this secret is oppressed so that people don’t learn that debts are already prepaid because THEY are the CREDITORS of the nation.

        While the Judges, Attorneys know this information for a fact, it is a violation of their oath of office, unjust enrichment, double dipping using the IRS Form 56.

        Why don’t you disprove those other points I made??? Why only focus on some subjective definitions, that aren’t the definitions in Blacks LAW dictionary, which almost every single JUDGE, ATTORNEY & Paralegal uses???

        It’s obvious, you are just another forked tongue devil. People learn the facts of my posts, don’t let this evil person that is trying to distract from the conversation or the FACTS that I have posted.

  7. As far as what congress has declared in 1953 about the bar association being communist, all one has to do is pull the congressional testimony from that year, it is there as sure as the hairs on my ass.

  8. @resistthedevil

    The answer to your question is sedm.org & famguardian.org

    Follow the path to freedom, all STATES OF are sub corporations of the Foreign owned United States corporation, they are all foreign to USA Nationals…..everything works by contract, under the law merchant, where is the contract?? It is your birth certificate, your drivers license, your voters registration card, you need to rescind your poa nunc pro tunc, rescind all your signatures. Terminate all your contracts with & your social compact with the de facto gov. FRCP 17B, your citizenship and your domicile is what law is controlling. Sovereigns are covered under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. It has to be that way, otherwise the powers that be would be without remedy. Make sure to be a foreign neutral with an offer of peace. Right now all US Citizens are considered an enemy of the “United States” Corporate Government under the trading with the enemy act.

    If anyone should have anything negative to say, then say it with FACTS! REbut my FACTs with FACTS point for point! Otherwise stay silent.

    Good Day! :-)

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